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Video: BoomTown Talks AOL-HuffPo as Web's Condé Nast on CNN

Here is a video of a segment I did on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” cable television program yesterday morning–in the wee hours in San Francisco, hence the bags under my eyes–about last week’s $315 million acquisition of the Huffington Post by AOL.

(Pictured here is AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and HuffPo flagship Arianna Huffington during my video interview with them last week, which is also embedded below.)

“Someone has to be the Condé Nast of the Internet,” I noted in answer to a question from host Howard Kurtz, since it has not been that famous magazine company which has become the big publishing dog online.

(By the way, Kurtz recently decamped to the Daily Beast from his famous columnist gig at the Washington Post, so he obvi gets the meme going on here.)

Here’s the video, which includes Reuters’ financial blogger Felix Salmon and Mark Potts, a former Washington Post reporter and now Internet strategy consultant:


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik